chapter  5
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Personality and Social Behaviors

Just looking at the responses above to the question that preschool teacher Karen Bailey (1993) asked her students certainly gives one the impression that boys and girls behave differently. Compared to the girls, the boys sound considerably more aggressive or at least active in defending themselves. Most of us can probably come up with similar examples. One interesting exercise you might undertake is to ask children similar questions to the one that Bailey asked her students. Alternatively, you could ask parents who have children of both sexes how they think the boys and girls are different. Do they think children of one sex are easier to raise, or more aggressive, or more easily frightened? Consider how their answers are related to gender stereotypes.